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The City of Springfield is holding the second annual UpStream Art project with the theme “Only Rain Down the Drain”, to raise awareness of the importance of storm drains and their connection to our rivers. Watch as six local artists paint downtown storm drains to increase understanding that most pollutants entering storm drains flow untreated into local rivers. The City is proud to partner with AARP as a sponsor for this year’s UpStream Art, in order to increase the livability, health and vibrancy of Springfield. Click here to watch the storm drain murals take shape at last year’s UpStream Art event. FREE and family friendly.

Also happening in downtown Springfield on August 11: the Springfield Museum’s History and Hops fundraiser event! Find details and tickets for History and Hops here.

Murals from 2016 UpStream Art
Storm drain murals from the 2016 UpStream Art project can be seen on Fifth and “A” streets in downtown Springfield.

Artist: Sarah Bast. Location: 204 5th Street
Artist: Esteban Camacho Steffensen. Location: 149 5th Street
Artist: Christian Howarth. Location:5th and A Streets
Artist: Jessilyn Brinkerhoff. Location: 405 A Street
Artist: Bayne Gardner. Location: 418 A Street

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What is Stormwater?

As our community grows, ground often gets covered up with asphalt, concrete and buildings. Without realizing it, we are disrupting an important part of the water cycle.

Instead of rain naturally filtering into the ground, in urban areas it flows over roofs, driveways and streets as stormwater. Stormwater can pick up pollutants and transport them to our local waterways via the storm drain system. Pollutants include everyday items like pesticides or fertilizers in our yards, oil in our cars, and even soap. When introduced into the waterway, pollutants have a harmful affect on aquatic life and the health of our rivers.

Outfall in Island Park where UpStream Art storm drains lead to.

To learn more about how you can help prevent water pollution, check out our Clean Water at A Glance resources.

Questions about UpStream Art? Email us at WaterResources@springfield-or.gov


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